Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2011
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

State Senator Glenn Hegar Files Legislation to Protect
Law Abiding Texans' Second Amendment Rights
Bill Will Ensure Texans Can Protect Themselves as They Commute to and From Work

AUSTIN, TEXAS — oday, State Senator Glenn Hegar filed legislation to strengthen and protect the Second Amendment Rights of hardworking Texans. Senate Bill 321 aims to prevent employers from adopting policies that deny Second Amendment protections to their employees. The bill is in response to overly restrictive policies adopted by some Texas employers which prevent their workers from storing legal firearms on company property, even if securely locked in their vehicles. Hegar's bill would disallow such policies and thus ensure that all law-abiding Texans have the ability to protect themselves on their daily commutes.

"When an employer bars firearms on company property, even those safely locked in employees' personal vehicles, they rob their workers of their Second Amendment Rights and, even more importantly, their right to safety," said Senator Hegar. "No one should have to choose between protecting themselves and their jobs, and with the passage of this bill, no Texan will ever again face that unfair decision."

Hegar said that millions of Texans spend hours each week in their cars and trucks as they commute to and from work. These commutes may be comfortable and safe for many, but others are not so lucky, as their daily drives take them through dangerous neighborhoods. Unfortunately, all too many Texans are forced to make the choice between adhering to their employer's policy forbidding storage of their legally owned firearm in their locked vehicle on company property (non-adherence to which is oftentimes grounds for termination) and protecting themselves by having their legal firearm available to them as they make their daily commute.

Senator Hegar said that legislation similar to the bill he has filed has already been passed into law in the neighboring states of Louisiana and Oklahoma, as well as in eleven other states: Mississippi, Kansas, Minnesota, Kentucky, Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Georgia.

Hegar said that Senate Bill 321 is a common sense measure that balances the rights of both employer and employee. Under the terms of the bill, employees will regain their express right to store a legally owned firearm and ammunition in their vehicles while at work, and with it their right to protect themselves as they travel to and from their place of employment. Employers are likewise recognized, and will be protected from any lawsuit resulting from the use of a firearm stored on their property and will retain the ability to forbid their employees from carrying a firearm in company-owned vehicles.

Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. Senate District 18 contains over one-third of the Texas coastline. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.